Jessica Pace

Position: Herald Staff Writer

La Plata revenue expected to drop 13.6 percent

In light of the anticipated downslide in property tax and severance tax revenue, La Plata County is tightening its belt for the 2017 budget, reducing both personnel costs and operational expenses....

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

After 30 years, Robert Scott plans to sell clock repair business

For 25 years, Robert Scott has lived in a house on Florida Road four miles east of town where he also repairs clocks and makes jewelry. After more than a quarter-century, he said it’s time to sell...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

New housing scams coming on the market

Housing scams can get the best of any renter, home buyer or real estate agent, particularly in hot real estate markets, and Durango is no different. Certain rackets have been around for years,...

DATE: March 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Tipton pressured to oppose bill on policing public lands

La Plata County commissioners and law enforcement have asked Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, to oppose a bill that would delegate responsibility for policing public lands to local agencies. On...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

NASA snow study in Colorado to aid satellite development

NASA’s three-week field study of snow conditions in the Silverton and Grand Mesa areas ends Saturday, after which scientists will analyze the data in an effort to develop satellites to provide snow...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango townhome developer charged with corruption in Palm Springs

The developer behind Durango’s Mirador townhomes is facing felony corruption charges in Palm Springs stemming from business dealings with the city’s former mayor and another developer. John...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek man gets 15 years for girlfriend’s death

A Dove Creek man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in jail followed by a mandatory five years of parole for strangling and killing his girlfriend. William Blackburn Jr., 46, was charged with...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata takes Montezuma’s top spot on water board

La Plata County’s representative on the Southwestern Water Conservation District board was appointed board president on Tuesday, and the Dolores County representative will serve as vice president. ...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma commissioners oust water board president

Two longtime representatives of the Southwestern Water Conservation District board have been ousted from their seats. Board President John Porter and Vice President Steve Fearn, representatives of...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New state rules raise cost of primary elections

The next primary election could cost La Plata County as much as 33 percent more than in 2016 because of two state rules approved by Colorado voters last fall. Both measures include unaffiliated...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal boiler sparks lawsuit between Hesperus neighbors

A dispute brewing between Hesperus neighbors over a coal-fueled boiler prompted one to file a federal lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in Denver. Robert Bridges and Karen Nakayama have...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County OKs letter on tribal water standards application

As expected, La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking for a transparent process as the Southern Ute Indian Tribe seeks a...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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